Mr. Alan Watkins
CSC 246 Concepts and Facilities of Operating Systems for Computer Scientists
3 Credit Hours
The history and evolution of operating systems, concepts of process management, memory addressing and allocation, files and protection, deadlocks and distributed systems.
C and Software Tools (NC State CSC 230 or ECE 209).
Corequisite: Computer Organization and Assembly Language (NC State CSC 236 or ECE 109)
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
- Processes and Threads. describe states and transitions of processes/threads; explain non-local transfers of control; determine context switching details.
- Synchronization. list different synchronization models; explain the operational characteristics of these models; use these facilities in concurrent programming models; contrast these models; utilize synchronization for contemporary architectures; select a suitable synchronization paradigm for a given problem.
- Virtual Memory. reiterate the principles of hardware and software support for virtual memory; express operational properties of address translation; perform the calculations of address translation; predict the impact on TLB misses; judge the merits and shortcomings of virtual memory usage.
- Scheduling. recite different scheduling paradigms; paraphrase qualitative and quantitative properties of these paradigms; derive a schedule for given parameters; model quantitative properties of scheduling paradigms; exploit existing scheduling models support by systems; contrast different scheduling approaches.
- I/O and File Management. reiterate the principles of file systems in terms of data structures; understand access control; interface with directory services on the system API level; judge the merits and shortcomings of contemporary file systems.
- Protection and Security. list different protection mechanisms; explain security measures in operating systems such as access control.
- Communication and Networking. reiterate basic communication paradigms and networking protocols in terms of their functionality; explain differences and functionalities of communication modes and layers; design and implement communicating client-server applications.
- History and Vocabulary of Operating Systems
- Overview of Computer Architecture and Operating System Architecture
- Processes and Process Management
- The Unix Process Model
- POSIX Thread (pthreads) and Java Thread Creation
- Process/Thread Scheduling
- Real-time Scheduling
- Process/Thread Synchronization and Communication
- POSIX Threads (pthreads) and Java Thread Synchronization
- Memory Management
- Virtual Memory
- A Survey of Virtualization and its Uses/Benefits in Today’s Market
Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne Operating System Concepts 10th Edition, © 2018 ISBN: 978-1-119-32091-3
Errata for version 10 of the textbook: https://codex.cs.yale.edu/avi/os-book/OS10/errata-dir/index.html
Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne, Operating System Concepts 9th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN 978-1118063330
Computer and Software Requirements
Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.